The Small Lebowski:
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #102
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #102
The villain of the piece is Killer Shrike, who's also a bit down on his luck. Burkett does a good job of sort of showing us the low-level super-villain side of things. Shrike has been struggling since his regular gig at Brand Corporation dried up when their criminal activities were exposed, so now he's been choosing his crimes carefully, staying out of the Manhattan area where the majority of the super-heroes congregate, and hoping that some other criminal group will notice his activities and reach out to him with a job offer.
Unfortunately for him, he's living in the same building as the twin brother, and when he gets the wrong idea and attacks Spidey, he's taken out rather quickly.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: As Benway notes in the comments, the Osborns are out of the hospital with their new baby, placing this after Amazing Spider-Man #265.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2013 5:52 AM
you know, I think I've read all of Cary Burkett's output for marvel (these issues and some team up issues) and it really make me wonder why he didnt get more marvel work. Entertaining stories which were well-informed in marvel lore, often using obscure characters (white dragon, taskmaster, blacklash, killer shrike) with and extemely good handle on them. What's not to like.
As a kid, I remember being generally nerous that Spidey wouldn't get to Donnie in time in this story. One of the few times i wanted a Spidey fight to end.
Posted by: kveto from prague | November 3, 2013 2:43 AM
Shrike would make the same mistake re: Spider-Man in Web #91, with similar results.
Posted by: TCP | April 27, 2015 11:12 AM
Continuity problem! On page 5 Peter is saying goodbye to the Osbornes and saying that he always enjoys visiting them and the new baby. In ASM (released the following month) Peter visits Liz and Harry in hospital and the baby is named! I'd say this issue should be some time after the other one.
Posted by: Benway | July 7, 2017 8:27 PM
I meant to say ASM 265, but screwed up! The hospital visit is on page 5 of that issue.
Posted by: Benway | July 7, 2017 8:29 PM
Thanks for that catch, Benway. I've moved PPPSSM #102 after ASM #265. I can't put too much space between issues without upsetting a lot of other Spider-Man appearances, but i definitely agree it needs to go after.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 20, 2017 3:01 PM
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